Young Rangers defender Lewis Mayo made his return from injury last night in the UEFA Youth League fixture at Firhill.

The Gers U19s triumphed 2-0 in the first leg of their tie against Slovan Bratislava, setting them up nicely for the trip to Slovakia later this month.

Mayo was one of those who fared well in our Player Ratings, as he put in a composed display at the back.

It was his first game since sustaining an injury in a previous round, but he dealt well with everything thrown at him across the game.

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Mayo is one of the Academy’s brightest prospects, especially in terms of defensive talent, and he was promoted to the first team during pre-season.

He even scored against Oxford United at Ibrox in July, but with the club going on to spend a reported £3.5m on Filip Helander [Scottish Sun], there are now four senior centre-backs ahead of him in the pecking order.

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Helander, Goldson, Katic and Edmundson are all above Mayo in the pecking order. (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)

At just 19, he still very much has time on his side, though, and perhaps a loan spell to gain further senior experience could be beneficial, either during the second half of this season or during 2020/21.

For now, it’s a case of getting up to full speed and helping his age group side press on in the Youth League.

Clearly delighted to make it back onto the pitch, Mayo took to social media after the game and was praised by some Bears who are hopeful he’ll one day become a first-team regular, while a teammate also showed his appreciation.

 

Here’s a selection of reactions from Twitter:

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